Game: Brothers in Arms: Hell's Highway

Next mission: "Lost"
Date: Unknown
Location: Unknown

Narrator: Previously in Brothers in Arms ...

Flashback to Matthew Baker's house.

Brighton, Missouri
October 30, 1931

Matthew Baker is playing with his toy plane in the front yard. At this time, he is 10 years old.

Baker: Before he died, my dad told me every soldier has two families: those you raise...

Flashback to Baker now in the doorway of a C-47, preparing to paradrop into Normandy.

Somewhere over Normandy, France
June 6, 1944 D-Day 0131

...and those you raise hell with.

Baker is now looking at the back of the plane, and spots the first man pointing to Mac.

I never asked to be squad leader.

Mac: Baker! Stand in the door!

But I had no choice.

Baker now looks down on the ground below.

I can't remember the last time my dreams weren't about everything that happened in Normandy--

A C-47 explodes and splits in two from Flak 88s on the ground.

...when it was good.

Flashback to Private Larry Allen holding Matthew's pistol - the Colt 1911.

St. Come-du-Mont, France
June 8, 1944 D+2 0945

Allen: So, you're saying I couldn't hock this in England?

Garnett: Allen, it says "To: Matthew" on the side.

Allen looks at the side of the pistol.

Allen: So? There's probably loads of Matthews in England-- Matthews who want a gaudy silver pistol.

Garnett: Let me see it.

Allen tosses Matthew's pistol to Garnett.

Garnett: Holy hell! This gun weighs a ton. You could put a hole in Superman with this.

Allen: Nothing could put a hole in Superman.

Leggett: That thing could.

Flashback to Allen and Garnett's death with Leggett standing above them, almost wobbling.

Baker: Dreams I can't forget ...

St. Come-du-Mont, France
June 9, 1944 D+3 1014

Leggett: Baker!

All of 3rd squad, including Corrion, Hartsock, and Baker, rush towards Leggett's position. They are in disbelief of what they are seeing. Baker slowly approaches Leggett as Leggett breaks down to his knees and cries.

Leggett: I'm so sorry.

Baker kneels to one knee, drops his M-1, looks behind him, then back to Leggett.

Baker: Leggett...what happened?

Flashback to Baker at Hill 30, after being thown five or ten feet from his original position.

Hill 30 near Carentan, France
June 13, 1944 D+7 1447

The truth tore him apart.

Leggett takes out Matthew's pistol and begins firing at the Panzer IV tank.

Leggett: You want me?! Fucking take me! TAKE ME!!!

But he kept it to the end of the mission...

The Panzer IV tank fires at Leggett, sending him back near Matthew's position.

...and to the end of his life.'

Flashback to Baker with Lt. Col. Robert Cole for Cole's Charge.

Carentan Causeway
June 11, 1944 D+5 0621

There were heroes born.

Cole: We wait for the smoke to build. If it screams, shoot it. If it screams in German, shoot it again.

Flashback to Hartsock (in the rain) at Baupte rallying his troops.

Baupte, France
June 15, 1944 D+9 0812

There were things that happened after our victory in Normandy.

Hartsock gets his wedding finger shot as he goes down screaming out in agony.

And there were things that happened way before.

Flashback to Baker's childhood. Baker is now in his room, with a case carrying the Colt 1911 pistol in his lap and his father standing above him.

Brighton, Missouri
October 6, 1931

Young Baker: Mom said I can't keep this. Sorry Dad.

Young Baker gives his father the case, he opens it, stares for a few moments, and closes it.

Flashback to Baker now at Hill 30, mounting on an M4 Sherman's machine gun at the top, and bringing in the 2nd Armored Division.

Hill 30 near Carentan, France
June 13, 1944 D+7 1518

So much had happened.

Baker is firing his .50-caliber machine gun at the Germans on the field and the M4 Sherman firing its 75mm shell.

Hartsock: Keep up the fire and we don't die here!

Flashback to Baker and Hartsock on the side of an M4 Sherman, smoking the same cigarette after their victory at Hill 30.

Hill 30 near Carentan, France
June 13, 1944 D+7 1730

So much had happened.

Hartsock: You think you'll get all the credit again?

Baker chuckles as he takes a smoke.

Baker: Definitely.

Baker passes the cigarette to Hartsock.

Baker: Anybody get hit on the line?

Hartsock: Well, you know about Leggett?

Baker: Yes.

Hartsock: No. No one got hit--damn miracle.

Hartsock puffs on the cigarette.

Baker looks down in disbelief over what happened to him those past seven days.

So much had happened, and we were just getting started.

Chapter ends.

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